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Sea level update: Still not alarmed

Written February 19th, 2017 by Hasso Hering

It’s been a while since I last checked, so here’s an update on the status of the level of the sea, which we’ve been told for years is rising because of man-caused climate change.


Climate change: We’ve had it

Written December 14th, 2016 by Hasso Hering

As we’re trying to clear our respective windshields of snow and ice on Thursday for the drive into town, we may be thinking that global warming can’t get here fast enough. Or if we can’t have global warming, at least a little local heat would be helpful right about now.


Nice day at the beach: Gulls, sand, sea

Written November 4th, 2016 by Hasso Hering

Stepping out on the beach near the mouth of the Yachats River on Friday, I was astonished at the number of seagulls gathered there in two gigantic flocks. And I was encouraged at the slow — nay, imperceptible — pace of the rise in the sea level we hear so much about.


Climate change doubts? Burn ’em!

Written May 22nd, 2016 by Hasso Hering

Although no one mentioned this, it seems to me that the Portland schools now face a problem: What to do with books and other material doubting that mankind’s use of fossil fuels is mainly responsible for climate change. I suggest a solution in the spirit of the Portland School Board’s decision last week to ban […]


Climate? Our bills reflect no crisis

Written February 29th, 2016 by Hasso Hering

At the risk of getting on the wrong side of Leonardo DiCaprio, the Oscar-winning climate expert, I like to look at facts I can see. Like, for instance, utility bills.


For less CO2, encourage cycling

Written February 4th, 2016 by Hasso Hering

As near as I can tell — and the search features of the Oregon legislature’s excellent website make it easy to check — not a single bill this session deals with bicycles. The majority Democrats claim to want to reduce carbon emissions to the atmosphere. Encouraging cycling is one immediate and low-cost way to accomplish that, […]


Oops, caught by sea level rise

Written January 6th, 2016 by Hasso Hering

So here I am on the Oregon coast, once again keeping an eye on the sea level in case it is rising because of climate change. and I barely escape having the sea soaking my socks. So yeah, it must be rising faster than I thought.


Climate change saves money

Written December 27th, 2015 by Hasso Hering

While we’re wading through the cold puddles of late December, let’s check in on the climate front. And if you want to know why it’s so hard to take global warming seriously, take a look at the chart below.


Paris accord: Plant more trees

Written December 12th, 2015 by Hasso Hering

Don’t try to read the text of the Paris agreement on climate change. Its convoluted language will make you dizzy and confused. It’s hard to tell whether it means anything other than what news accounts are telling us, which is that 196 countries including the United States pledge to do a bunch of things to […]


Left out of the climate summit

Written November 29th, 2015 by Hasso Hering

They didn’t invite me to the big climate-change summit in Paris, which is just as well because I’m stuck here with an iced-over windshield. I could run the engine long enough to get warm and let the defroster take care of this, but then I’d be adding a load of carbon dioxide to the atmosphere […]


 
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